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Five-Time Grammy Winner Christian McBride to Perform with Houston Chamber Choir, 5/22Five-Time Grammy Winner Christian McBride to Perform with Houston Chamber Choir, 5/22
by BWW News Desk - May 5, 2016

The Houston Chamber Choir's 20th Anniversary season will reach its climactic finish in an evening of jazz with virtuoso bassist and five-time Grammy winner Christian McBride. The Christian McBride Trio including pianist Christian Sands, and drummer Ulysses Owens, Jr., will headline the concert where the centerpiece is a world premiere of McBride's groundbreaking work for jazz ensemble and choir. The concert takes place at the Cullen Theater in The Wortham Center on Sunday, May 22nd at 4:00pm.   (more...)

showHive Debuts New Show ACOUSTIC SESSIONS on Oceania Cruise LinesshowHive Debuts New Show ACOUSTIC SESSIONS on Oceania Cruise Lines
by BWW News Desk - May 4, 2016

Creative development firm, showHive, Inc., debuted the hit show, Acoustic Sessions, onboard Oceania Cruise Lines. (more...)

Ardea Arts to Showcase BOUNCE THE BASKETBALL OPERA at Paerdegat ParkArdea Arts to Showcase BOUNCE THE BASKETBALL OPERA at Paerdegat Park
by BWW News Desk - May 4, 2016

Ardea Arts announces BOUNCE The Basketball Opera, their latest project in development. Showcase performances will take place at Paerdegat Park in East Flatbush, Brooklyn Saturday-Monday June 25-27, 2016 at 6pm. (more...)

Selah Sue Premieres 'Reason' Video; New Album Out 6/3Selah Sue Premieres 'Reason' Video; New Album Out 6/3
by BWW News Desk - May 4, 2016

Today, Belgian's Selah Sue reveals a striking new video for 'Reason', the title song of her upcoming album, via FADER HERE. The video director Tim Erem created Rihanna's 'Work' and Major Lazer's 'Lean On' video's as well. (more...)

Stars from HAMILTON, COLOR PURPLE Join Performers4Peace Benefit; Forest Whitaker to Host!Stars from HAMILTON, COLOR PURPLE Join Performers4Peace Benefit; Forest Whitaker to Host!
by BWW News Desk - Apr 29, 2016

Untitled Theatricals announced today that Academy Award, Golden Globe Award & BAFTA winner and UNESCO Special Envoy for Peace & Reconciliation, Forest Whitaker (Broadway's Hughie) will host the Performers4Peace benefit concert Monday, May 9, 2016 at 8pm at 42West (514 West 42nd Street www.42west.com), featuring performances by Broadway artists to support the Whitaker Peace & Development Initiative's work in peace and community building. (more...)

Willie K, Mike Lewis & More Coming to Blue Note Hawaii in MayWillie K, Mike Lewis & More Coming to Blue Note Hawaii in May
by BWW News Desk - Apr 28, 2016

For Blue Note Hawaii, the state's premier venue for the world's most celebrated artists, May begins with a bang with a music legend - Queen of Funk Chaka Khan Mother's Day week, followed up with guitar virtuoso Stanley Jordan, saxophonist Ravi Coltrane and ground breaking acoustic guitarist Andy McKee in a series with local ukulele show openers Kalei Gamiao and Taimane Gardner, culminating with Christopher Cross. May also brings and a host of local talent including Willie K, Mike Lewis, Robert Cazimero, the Hawaii Jazz All-Stars, the Honolulu Jazz Quartet and a Mele Mei Celebration with Henry Kapono and Friends. Blue Note Hawaii also continues Gospel Brunch every Sunday with a 1:00 p.m. showtime, with doors opening at 11:00 a.m. (more...)

Simply Full of Jazz! Meet the Whole Cast of 'SHUFFLE ALONG', Opening Tonight on BroadwaySimply Full of Jazz! Meet the Whole Cast of 'SHUFFLE ALONG', Opening Tonight on Broadway
by Meet the Cast - Apr 28, 2016

A re-imagined version of the 1921 musical SHUFFLE ALONG, one of the earliest stage hits starring, written and directed by African-Americans, opens tonight, April 28, on Broadway at the Music Box Theatre. SHUFFLE ALONG has a new book and is directed by George C. Wolfe, choreographed by Savion Glover. Scroll down to learn more about the company, plus watch SUNDAY MORNING's recent behind-the-scenes look at the show! (more...)

Scoop: DANCING WITH THE STARS on ABC - Monday, May 2, 2016Scoop: DANCING WITH THE STARS on ABC - Monday, May 2, 2016
by TV Scoop - Apr 27, 2016

Get all the scoop on DANCING WITH THE STARS, airing on ABC on Monday, May 2, 2016! (more...)

bergenPAC to Welcome Six-Time Grammy Winner Dr. John 6/8 in JunebergenPAC to Welcome Six-Time Grammy Winner Dr. John 6/8 in June
by BWW News Desk - Apr 27, 2016

? Bergen Performing Arts Center located at 30 North Van Brunt Street in Englewood, New Jersey presents Dr. John-Wednesday, June 8, 2016 at 8PM. Purchase tickets at www.ticketmaster.com or Box Office at 201.227.1030.  (more...)

Alan Cumming, Art Garfunkel & More Coming to McCarter Theatre Center in MayAlan Cumming, Art Garfunkel & More Coming to McCarter Theatre Center in May
by BWW News Desk - Apr 25, 2016

McCarter Theatre Center is pleased to announce an eclectic mix of presented programming in the month of May. In addition to the previously announced concerts by Amos Lee, Dark Star Orchestra, and Todd Rundgren, McCarter Theatre Center will also be hosting performances from Alan Cumming, Art Garfunkel, the rescheduled concert by bass-baritone Eric Owens, and Dance Theatre of Harlem. (more...)

Tickets to New Edition & Babyface at NJPAC on Sale TodayTickets to New Edition & Babyface at NJPAC on Sale Today
by BWW News Desk - Apr 25, 2016

SJ Presents, announces that R&B super group, New Edition and multi-platinum hit-maker Babyface will be coming to the Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport, Connecticut Thursday, July 7 at 8:00 p.m. See New England's biggest R&B band perform their platinum plus hits 'Candy Girl' to 'Can You Stand the Rain' along with Babyface who not only produced mega hits for many superstars but sold millions of records with hits 'Whip Appeal' to 'We've Got Love' and so much more. Summer just got hotter with the New Edition and Babyface concert that will undeniably keep the crowd fully entertained performing one chart-topper after the other. Be sure to reserve tickets on Friday, April 29th at 10am at Ticketmaster.com or by phone at 800.745.3000 and at the Webster Bank Arena Click It or Ticket Box Office located at 600 Main Street, Bridgeport, CT. (more...)

BWW CD Review: Matt Doyle's UNCONTROLLED is Heartfelt Pop PerfectionBWW CD Review: Matt Doyle's UNCONTROLLED is Heartfelt Pop Perfection
by David Clarke - Apr 21, 2016

After two successful EPs, Broadway veteran Matt Doyle has released his first full-length album, Uncontrolled. Doyle successfully crowd-funded the album on Kickstarter, and his passion for the material shines on every track. For fans of his EPs, the pop tonality emanating from Will Van Dyke's skillful arrangements will be familiar. For those listening to Matt Doyle for the first time, this aural landscape is inviting and addictive. (more...)

EGOT Winner Rita Moreno to Receive Honorary Music Degree from BerkleeEGOT Winner Rita Moreno to Receive Honorary Music Degree from Berklee
by TV News Desk - Apr 20, 2016

Berklee President Roger H. Brown will present Rita Moreno, Ronald and Ernie Isley, Lucian Grainge, and Milton Nascimento with honorary doctor of music degrees at Berklee's commencement ceremony, Saturday, May 7 (more...)

NJPAC Offering Limited Number of Concert-Only Tickets to Gala Featuring Aretha FranklinNJPAC Offering Limited Number of Concert-Only Tickets to Gala Featuring Aretha Franklin
by BWW News Desk - Apr 20, 2016

New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) is offering a limited number of seats to see the Queen of Soul - ARETHA FRANKLIN on Thursday, June 16th at 7:30pm at a special price of $49.00 for the concert-only portion of the Musical Moments for Multiple Sclerosis Gala. (more...)

Good Noise Vancouver Gospel Choir to Conclude Season with SOUL GOSPEL in MayGood Noise Vancouver Gospel Choir to Conclude Season with SOUL GOSPEL in May
by BWW News Desk - Apr 19, 2016

Good Noise Vancouver Gospel Choir (GNVGC) wraps up its season with SOUL GOSPEL, a concert tying two influential & inspiring genres, May 28, 3pm & 7:30pm at Christ Church Cathedral. Vancouver's own dynamo soul songstress, Dawn Pemberton, shares her rich and robust voice alongside the combined 140 singers of Good Noise and world touring White Rock Children's Choir.  (more...)

Rita Moreno, The Isley Brothers & More Will Receive Honorary Degrees at Berklee CommencementRita Moreno, The Isley Brothers & More Will Receive Honorary Degrees at Berklee Commencement
by BWW News Desk - Apr 19, 2016

Berklee President Roger H. Brown will present Rita Moreno, Ronald and Ernie Isley, Lucian Grainge, and Milton Nascimento with honorary doctor of music degrees at Berklee's commencement ceremony, Saturday, May 7, at the 7,000-seat Agganis Arena at Boston University. Moreno, this year's commencement speaker, will address more than 900 Berklee graduates and their parents and invited guests.  (more...)

BWW Exclusive: Luke Frazier of The American Pops Picks His 5 Favorite 60s SongsBWW Exclusive: Luke Frazier of The American Pops Picks His 5 Favorite 60s Songs
by Marissa Sblendorio - Apr 19, 2016

Maestro Luke Frazier and The American Pops Orchestra are proud to present Make Someone Happy: A 60s Cocktail Party,  the closing concert of their inaugural season. The event will take place at George Washington University's Lisner Auditorium on Friday, May 6th at 8:00 PM, including special guests Erik Altemus, Nova Y. Payton, Nicholas Rodriquez  and Hayley Travers , in addition to dancers, choreography and full costumes. (more...)

Bill Murray & Kermit Ruffins Sing A Duet, Jazzfest Performances & MoreBill Murray & Kermit Ruffins Sing A Duet, Jazzfest Performances & More
by BWW News Desk - Apr 18, 2016

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President & First Lady to Host JAZZ AT THE WHITE HOUSE on ABCPresident & First Lady to Host JAZZ AT THE WHITE HOUSE on ABC
by TV News Desk - Apr 15, 2016

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama will host JAZZ AT THE WHITE HOUSE airing on International Jazz Day, SATURDAY, APRIL 30 (8:00-9:00 p.m. EDT), on the ABC Television Network. (more...)

Fulton Theatre to Present Re-Invented GHOST: THE MUSICAL, 4/19Fulton Theatre to Present Re-Invented GHOST: THE MUSICAL, 4/19
by BWW News Desk - Apr 15, 2016

 The "nationally regarded" Fulton Theatre and Maine State Music Theatre present the exclusive premiere of the new chamber version of Ghost: The Musical through May 14 (Performances at Maine State Music Theatre are June 8 - June 25, 2016). The romantic and heart-wrenching story will feature a cast of 10, focusing on the central characters of the original story, with a 6 piece orchestra. New acoustic versions of the songs from the original Broadway production will include, "Unchained Melody," "Here Right Now,"  "Suspend My Disbelief - I Had a Life," and more! (more...)

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